The world of Hollywood and entertainment has been graced for many years by some of the most beautiful women in the world, with Latina or Hispanic heritage. These powerful women have shown that it is possible to make a name for yourself in a highly competitive industry, even if you come from an ethnicity or culture not typically found at the top.
From Jennifer Lopez to Salma Hayek, these stars are examples of excellence and are known around the world as some of the most successful Latina artists in their fields. They’ve made huge waves in music, film, television and beyond, inspiring other Latinas to pursue their dreams regardless of what obstacles they may face.
In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the hottest Hispanic actresses and women in entertainment — each with their own amazing stories, accomplishments and reasons to inspire.
23 of the Most Attractive Hispanic Women in Hollywood
The list of amazing women below from United States, Mexico, Venezuela and Chile have all made significant contributions to Hollywood and entertainment as actresses and models.
They are also passionate advocates for causes such as animal rights and environmental conservation, while also representing their homeland and culture well. Let’s get started with the list!
Mexican actress, director and producer Salma Hayek has achieved international fame thanks to her incredible talent for playing diverse roles in films like Frida, Desperado and From Dusk Till Dawn.
Born in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Hayek is a long-time advocate for Hispanic rights and is often credited as one of the most influential Latina actresses in Hollywood.
Spanish actress Penélope Cruz has made a name for herself by starring in major motion pictures such as Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Vanilla Sky and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Her charismatic presence on screen first grabbed the attention of moviegoers when she starred alongside Javier Bardem in Jamon Jamon.
Born in Alcobendas, Spain, Cruz is the recipient of many awards and accolades, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Colombian-born Sofía Vergara has been captivating audiences with her comedic roles since her breakout role on ABC’s Modern Family. Before that, she made a name for herself starring in films like Hot Pursuit and Machete Kills.
She was born in Barranquilla Colombia and is widely known as one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses. Her success has extended to producing television projects such as Chasing Life and The Knights of Prosperity.
American actress Eva Mendez rose to fame with her roles in movies like Training Day, Hitch and 2 Fast 2 Furious. She was born in Miami, Florida of Cuban-American heritage and is renowned for her captivating beauty and fashion choices.
Mendes has also earned a reputation for being an activist for female empowerment as well as designing clothing lines for New York & Company.
From television to the big screen, American actress Jessica Alba has made quite a name for herself in Hollywood. Her breakout role on TV series Dark Angel set the stage for major movie roles such as Fantastic Four, Into The Blue and Sin City.
Born in Pomona, California of Mexican-American heritage, Alba is now one of the most successful Hispanic actresses of all time.
Dominican-American actress Zoe Saldaña has earned international fame for her roles in Avatar, Star Trek and Guardians of the Galaxy. She was born in Passaic, New Jersey to a Dominican father and Puerto Rican mother.
After beginning her career on Broadway and small television series, she soon found herself playing major roles in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters.
Singer, dancer and actress Jennifer Lopez is a star from Castle Hill in The Bronx, New York City. A daughter of Puerto Rican parents, Lopez began her performing career as a Fly Girl on In Living Color before taking the music world by storm with hits such as “If You Had My Love” and “Love Don’t Cost a Thing.”
She continues to perform and act in major motion pictures such as Hustlers and Maid in Manhattan.
American actress Eva Longoria first gained attention with her role on the popular TV series Desperate Housewives. Known for her style, grace and beauty, she was born in Corpus Christi, Texas of Mexican-American heritage. In addition to acting, Longoria is an active philanthropist and businesswoman who runs several non-profit organizations.
Her success has earned her many awards including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy.
Born in New York City to a Puerto Rican father and Native American mother, Rosario Dawson is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable stars. After appearing on the MTV show The Blame Game, she quickly rose to fame with her roles in films like Josie and the Pussycats and Men In Black II.
She is also an active philanthropist who has lent her voice to many political causes.
Best known for her role as Amy Santiago on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Melissa Fumero was born in Lyndhurst, New Jersey to Cuban parents. She first gained recognition with her roles on One Life To Live and Gossip Girl before making waves on the hit sitcom.
Her success has extended to film roles such as I Think We’re Alone Now and Cobra Kai.
Puerto Rican-born Rita Moreno is one of the few performers who have achieved major success in all four performing arts fields – film, television, theater, and music. She is best known for her role as Anita in West Side Story which earned her an Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award.
Born in Humacao, Puerto Rico she moved to New York City at the age of five before beginning a career on Broadway and later appearing on The Muppet Show.
American actress Michelle Rodriguez first gained attention with her starring role in Girlfight. Since then she has been seen in films such as The Fast and the Furious franchise, Avatar and Machete.
Born in San Antonio, Texas to a Dominican father and Puerto Rican mother, she has also earned a reputation for being an activist for female empowerment as well as designing clothing lines for New York & Company.
Known best for her role on the NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation, American actress Aubrey Plaza was born in Wilmington, Delaware.
After beginning her career with roles on TV shows such as CollegeHumor Originals and The Jeannie Tate Show, she soon found herself appearing in major films like Legion, Life After Beth and Dirty Grandpa.
Panama-born American actress Jordana Brewster made her mark in Hollywood with roles such as Mia Toretto in The Fast and the Furious series, Elena Ramos on Dallas and Gisele Yashar on Fast & Furious.
She began her career appearing in television commercials before landing roles in soap operas such as All My Children and As the World Turns.
American actress Gina Rodriguez first gained attention with her Golden Globe-winning performance in Jane the Virgin. She is also known for her starring roles in films such as Deepwater Horizon and Miss Bala.
Born to a Puerto Rican father and a Cuban mother, she grew up in Chicago, Illinois where she developed an interest in acting while still attending high school. Her success has earned her numerous awards including multiple Teen Choice Awards nominations.
Victoria Justice is an American actress, singer and songwriter who began her career in 2003 with the Nickelodeon sitcom Zoey 101. She is also known for her starring roles in films such as The Boy Who Cried Werewolf and Fun Size. Born in Hollywood, Florida, to parents of Puerto Rican descent, she developed an interest in acting at a young age.
In addition to her acting credits, she has released multiple albums and EPs as well as several singles.
Venezuelan-born model and actress Patricia Velásquez is best known for her appearances in films like The Mummy Returns and its sequel The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. She has also been featured in the television series Charmed and Ugly Betty.
Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, she began modeling at the age of 15. She has since appeared on magazine covers around the world and is a prominent advocate for environmental causes.
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Chilean-born actress Cote de Pablo rose to fame with her role as Ziva David in the popular CBS drama NCIS. She has also had roles in films such as The 33 and The Last Rites of Ransom Pride.
Born in Santiago, Chile, she moved to Miami with her family when she was 10 years old. She has been nominated for multiple awards including an ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series.
Mexican actress Blanca Soto is known for her roles in numerous telenovelas, including El Canal de las Estrellas’ Muchachitas como tú. She also starred in the film La Leyenda del Chupacabras and had a recurring role on Bajo el mismo cielo.
A native of Monterrey, Mexico, she began her career as a model before transitioning to acting.
American actress America Ferrera has enjoyed success on both the big and small screens with notable roles like Ugly Betty in ABC’s Ugly Betty and Gloria Martinez on The CW’s Superstore. Born in Los Angeles to Honduran parents, she began appearing in plays when she was 8 years old.
Her body of work has earned her numerous awards, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Puerto Rican-American actress Aimee Garcia is best known for her roles in television series like Dexter and Lucifer. She also appeared in the films Rainbow Brite and Lost Cat Corona. Born in Chicago, IL to Mexican parents, she began taking small acting jobs when she was 16 years old.
In addition to her acting career, she is an active advocate for animal rights and serves on the board of directors of the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation.
American actress Naya Rivera is best known for her portrayal of Santana Lopez in Fox’s musical comedy series Glee. She also starred in films such as The Masters of Disguise, At the Devil’s Door and Mad Families.
Born in Valencia, California to a Puerto Rican father and an Afro-Cuban mother, she began pursuing an acting career at 4 years old. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including an ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.
Cuban-American actress Alexa Vega is best known for her role as Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids films. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, she began acting at a young age and quickly rose to fame with her film debut in Little Giants (1994).
Over the years, Alexa has been nominated for multiple awards, including a Young Artist Award for Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress Starring in a Feature Film. Her work has made her an icon among Hispanic actresses and audiences alike.
The Amazing Women of Hispanic and Latino Culture
These top Hispanic women have all made their mark in Hollywood with their captivating beauty, talent and charisma.
From Eva Mendes’ inspiring voice for female empowerment to Jennifer Lopez’s infectious dance moves, these hispanic females are sure to leave an impression that will last for many more years to come!